Archive for May, 2014

Fred Maroon’s Fashion Photography in the Most Unlikely Places

Fred J. Maroon, a longtime D.C.-based photographer, is getting a new retrospective at a gallery in his beloved Georgetown, more than a dozen years after his death. Artist’s Proof is mounting “Time & Travel,” an unusual exhibition of fashion images Maroon made for glossy magazines in the mid-1960s, on location in such places as Outer [...]

Jason Hamacher, a Punk “Drummer With a Camera,” Is Now a Syrian-Art Preservationist

It’s spring’s first balmy Saturday evening, and the Convergence parking lot is packed. The Alexandria church and community arts center regularly hosts punk shows for neighborhood teens, but today, the reception area is filled with an incongruous combination of young church families, foreign dignitaries, and 30-something punks in Replacements T-shirts and full-sleeve tattoos. Meanwhile, the [...]

Arts Roundup: Rest in Power, Maya Angelou Edition

The D.C. Jewish Community Center is becoming more conservative in its choice of arts programming, subjecting potential performers to questions about their support of Israel. [Post]
Watch the pastel, stop-motion video for Brett's new single, "Lovers" (and read our review of the band's self-titled debut). [Portals] [WCP]
Photos from the Black Cat: Jonny Grave, Shark Week, Benny, and [...]

Vesna Pavlović Mounts Transparent Curtains at the Phillips Collection

As exhibition design goes, “Illuminated Archive”—a meditation on the history of exhibitions at the Phillips Collection—soars to new levels of eccentricity. Not only does it consist of just a handful of works by the Yugoslav-born artist Vesna Pavlović, but it’s been mounted in a stairwell. That’s right, a stairwell.
The exhibit, based on documentary materials from [...]

Surock Goes Gospel on Reflective New Song, “Trouble”

Released in February, Surock's Suck My Disk showcased the local producer's affinity for lo-fi sounds with 20 evocative vignettes of grainy hip-hop. There weren't many standouts on Disk, but it moved with such fluidity that it didn't matter; the project felt more like a 1980s beat tape than a modern-day release.
Last week, Surock released a new song, [...]

ToDo ToDay: Cymbeline, John Legend, and Raw Oyster Cult

Cymbeline is to Shakespeare’s canon what the Dangerous album is to Michael Jackson’s—underrated, eclipsed by bigger hits, but well worth revisiting. The play, one of the Bard’s earliest, follows a convoluted series of events that span a royal kidnapping, a cruel stepmother, and the Roman invasion of Britain. All 14 characters in Fiasco Theater's production at the Folger [...]

How the National Gallery of Art Handles a 62-Piece Bequest of Rare Works

Last Friday, while you were getting ready for a weekend of barbecues and cornhole, the National Gallery of Art was already celebrating. From the estate of the late philanthropist and perennial NGA supporter Paul Mellon, the gallery received a bequest of 62 rare paintings and sketches, including some by big-name artists like Vincent van Gogh, Winslow [...]

Arts Roundup: Barre-fly Edition

Actor Frank Britton was assaulted and robbed after an opening-night party for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Friends are raising funds to help with his medical bills. [Arts Desk]
Otters played a keyboard at the National Zoo (it's an "enrichment activity"), and the only thing not adorable about it is the grating organ effect the zookeepers chose. [...]

Actor Frank Britton Assaulted After Play Opening in Silver Spring

For D.C. actor Frank Britton, yesterday nearly ended the way most opening nights do. He and the cast of Forum Theatre's The Last Days of Judas Iscariot took theirs bows, gathered in Round House Silver Spring's lobby for a reception, and continued hanging out, in smaller and smaller numbers, late into the night. Not long after 2:15 [...]

Teenage Suffers From an Adolescent Lack of Focus

Teenage, the second feature film from Matt Wolf, is a documentary about...war? Civil rights? Or is it swing dancing? One thing’s for sure: While you’re watching this 78-minute film salad, you’ll wonder how exactly its title applies.
The technical answer is easy: Wolf and co-writer Jon Savage adapted the doc from Savage’s book, Teenage: The Creation [...]